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April 8, 2021

East Texas Tornado rips off church steeple

Members of Mt. Enterprise FUMC were about to sit down for a Passover meal, when the clouds started to darken outside. A series of tornadoes would soon touch down in the small towns of East Texas, and Mt. Enterprise, located north of Nacogdoches, was no exception. The story of the angel of death “passing over” the homes of the ancient Israelites was on the minds of parishioners as they hunkered down. Lay Pastor Billy Bledsoe led them in prayer. “That angel of death literally passed over us,” he said. “And now it’s time to get closer with Jesus and with each other.”

Changing children’s lives through prayer and faith

Before Scott Toliver heads in to work at the Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center in Longview, he says a prayer. He asks God to make him a tool for the children he serves in order to lighten their burden. As Intake Specialist/Forensic Interviewer, he works to streamline the process for abused children, allowing that they only tell their story once instead of over and over again.

Mother and daughter reunited, Maria’s story continues

When mounting violence and lack of opportunity forced “Maria” to flee from her home in Central America to the U.S., she faced a decision no mother would welcome. Only one of her two children could accompany her on the arduous trip. She had to take her infant son, who was still nursing, while her daughter stayed behind with godparents. As Maria traveled to her destination, she was in tears, haunted with concern for her child. Pastors from the Texas Annual Conference, however, were there for her, walking beside Maria, at the beginning of her journey.

Transforming the Church from Cuba to Texas

Rev. Dayimi Pimentel clearly remembers when she first stepped into a Methodist Church in her native Cuba. “That day my life changed when I met Christ,” she recalled. It would eventually become the beginning of her journey into the ministry. Now, as she assumes the new position of Racial and Ethnic Ministries Coordinator for the Texas Annual Conference, she will play a role in a changing church, helping it better reflect the Kingdom of God.

Literacy day camps to stop summer slide

A year has passed since COVID-19 shut down schools and moved classrooms online. For students of all ages, it has been challenging at best. The Texas Annual Conference, already committed to education with the We Love All God’s Children Initiative, is stepping up this summer and next year to help in new ways.


Other News



Strawbridge UMC including the staff from their pre-school program, Bright Beginnings Learning Center, has earned the Certified Autism CenterTM designation. This designation is granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) and means that staff have completed an autism-specific training and certification program through IBCCES.

Council Awards SMU’s Bridwell Library World Methodist Museum Collections

Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, and SMU Libraries at Southern Methodist University has been named the recipient of the collections of the recently closed World Methodist Council Museum in Lake Junaluska, N.C.  The announcement was made by the World Methodist Council Archival Committee on April 1, 2021. The entire collection will be given and transferred to Bridwell Library at SMU by May 15, 2021. 


Churches meeting 100 percent apportionments

The Texas Annual Conference would like to thank all of the churches that met 100 percent of their apportionments this year.

TAC 2021 FAQs 

Last year we introduced our virtual session of Annual Conference with the acknowledgement, “We’ve Never Done It This Way Before.” This year’s session will be more like, “Didn’t We Do Something Like This Last Time.” Our amazing Tech Team helped to develop a list of Frequently Asked Questions to make this year’s session easier for you.

Find Worship Online

Looking for a way to worship without leaving the house?

A number of churches in the Texas Annual Conference are posting sermons online.

You don’t have to miss a service if you’re out of town or if you prefer to stay at home. Viewers can also enjoy multiple preaching styles and even virtually “attend” different churches. There’s a lot going on Sundays in the TAC that you won’t want to miss. 
Sermons are often available to livestream on Sunday and several congregations also record services for on-demand viewing. Check them out at: https://www.txcumc.org/sermons 

We would like to include your church in this list. Please let us know if you are posting a resource online by sending a link to: communications@txcumc.org


Churches in the News

United Methodist Churches are making headlines – leading the way through ministry, outreach and discipleship. Amazing stories about our local congregations in the Texas Annual Conference are popping up – and news publications around the country are spreading the word about UM churches. Read all about it.


April 15, 29
"Coping with stress: honest space for pastors" Webinar

April 13       May 11
"The Pastor’s Moving…Now What?" Webinar.  

April 14, 22 
"Covid Can't Stop Discipleship" Webinar. 

April 19
"Words Matter: The Intersectionality of Race, Religion and Public Policy" Webinar.

Multiple Dates
Loving Houston has multiple upcoming workshops on Church School Partnerships & Leadership Gatherings.

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